‘What Was Your Normal?’: Black Activist Goes Viral After Rejecting CNN Commentator’s Claim That Things Will Go Back to ‘Normal’ Because Biden Won the Election

By Niara Savage, CNN

A Black activist has gained attention from political leaders on social media after a video of her pushing back against a CNN commentator’s claim that things will return to “normal” since President-Elect Joe Biden won the election went viral on Twitter.

Sydney Teese, a social activist who has been vocal about racial injustice, was filmed challenging the idea that Joe Biden’s impending presidency will cause a return to normalcy, in a video that was shared to Twitter by journalist Chuck Modi. The video, which was retweeted by Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar and Michigan Rep. Rashida Talib, and has been viewed more that 2 million times.

“When I hear things like, ‘Maybe we can finally get back to normal,’ I think ‘What was your normal?’” Teese said in the video, which was recorded by Modi at BLM Plaza in Washington at the street celebration that broke out there on the evening of Nov. 7, the day most news organizations declared Biden had won the presidential race.


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